CHICAGO (AP) — Nick Swisher singled in the tiebreaking run in the eighth inning, and the Cleveland Indians beat the Chicago White Sox for the third time in less than 24 hours, 4-3 Saturday.
Swisher’s homer in the ninth inning Friday night helped Cleveland secure a sweep of a marathon doubleheader Friday night.
This time, Cabrera, Jason Kipnis and Swisher consecutive one-out singles off Jesse Crain (2-3) in the eighth. Crain allowed his first run since April 12. He went 30 outings before Saturday without giving up a run.
Joe Martinez (1-0), called up from Triple-A Columbus Saturday, earned the victory in his first major league appearance this season. He pitched two innings and held Chicago to two hits and no runs with one strikeout.
Cleveland closer Chris Perez earned his seventh save in nine attempts.
Kipnis tied the game 3-all with a crushing two-run home run in the sixth inning. Michael Bourn started the inning with a walk and Cabrera flew out to right field before Kipnis homered beyond the bullpen in right field.
Chicago rallied with two outs in the fifth inning to take a 3-1 lead. Conor Gillaspie and Dayan Viciedo had back-to-back RBI singles to score Alex Rios and Jeff Keppinger. Catcher Tyler Flowers had a chance to add on but struck out looking with the bases loaded.
Cleveland shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera hit his sixth home run of the season to tie the game at 1 in the fourth inning.
White Sox left fielder Viciedo made a pair of terrific catches that easily could have been base hits for the Indians. His first was a diving grab of a looper from Cabrera that was fair and in shallow left field, where Viciedo snagged it just as it was about to hit the ground. His second highlight catch prevented Michael Bourn from reaching base in the third inning, when Viciedo sprinted into the gap to make the play.
Chicago took the lead in the bottom of the second inning when Flowers had an RBI double, but the White Sox stranded runners on second and third.
NOTES: White Sox 1B/DH Paul Konerko took batting practice Saturday, his first action since last playing June 23 in Kansas City. Konerko, who has pain in the lower right side of his back, doesn’t think he’s headed to the disabled list and hopes to play Sunday. Manager Robin Ventura said Konerko “probably” won’t play Sunday but “there’s a good chance” he would be in the lineup Tuesday against Baltimore. . Before Saturday’s game the White Sox recalled pitcher Simon Castro, who has never pitched in the major leagues. . Chicago right fielder Alex Rios snapped an 0-for-13 streak at the plate with his single in the fifth inning. . Cleveland manager Terry Francona was surprised to hear Friday’s doubleheader was the longest in Major League history. “I guess that’s the one advantage to waking up every day feeling (lousy), you really don’t feel all that different.” . The Indians called sent right-handed pitcher Matt Langwell to Columbus. . Chicago will start Chris Sale (5-6, 2.75 ERA) and Cleveland starts Justin Masterson (9-6, 3.76) in today’s series closer at 1:10 p.m.
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